Seven million travelers visit Thailand every year making it Southeast Asia's number-one tourism destination. There's a reason for that; Thailand has something to delight everyone from backpackers traveling on minuscule budgets to millionaires shopping for the latest designer fashions in Bangkok's trendy Siam Paragon. In keeping with its "something for everyone" approach, Thailand hotels range from modest, but charming, guesthouses to lavish five-star island resorts.
Bangkok blends the traditional and the contemporary. Despite the wave of construction over the past 15 years that has produced the Sukhomvit district's towering skyscrapers, the country's capital still retains its charm as a showcase for Thailand's unique culture and history.
Visit Bangkok's amazing Chatuchak Weekend Market where you'll wander through 35 acres lined with over 15,000 stalls. You can buy anything there from a pair of vintage Levis to a pet python. Take a ride on one of the distinctive long-tail boats gliding along the Chao Phraya River at sunset, and watch the golden spires of the Grand Palace flicker into darkness. Motorized rickshaws called tuk-tuks cruise Khao San Road, which is famous throughout the world for its lively club scene. Did you forget to grab dinner? Don't worry: There are vendors selling cheap delicious dishes on practically every street corner.
Once you're outside the big city, a whole new Thailand opens up. The provinces to the south and east facing the Gulf contain some of the finest white-sand beaches in the world. The Thai upcountry along the shared border with Laos is still relatively undeveloped. The area offers a unique look at Thai culture as it may have been 1,000 years ago. Thailand also abounds with fascinating Buddhist temples like Phitsanulok's Wat Yai with its sacred bronze Phra Buddha Chinarat and Chiang Mai's Wat Phra Singh with its fading murals of elephants and armies. There are great hotels in Thailand near every one of its top destinations.
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